NEWARK-Construction has started for the Robotics Center, a 6,500-sf teaching facility being developed by Newark Public Schools. The facility is being funded by Newark City bonds. Cost of the facility has not been released; it’s being funded as part of a larger city-wide bond issue involving multiple school projects.

“It will provide a dedicated space for talented high school students to design and built robots able to compete in local, national and international robotics tournaments,” reads a statement from NPS. “The young people are selected for their demonstrated skills in math and science and their potential in engineering, technology and related fields.”

“We have more math and science majors as a result of this program,” says outgoing NPS superintendent Dr. Marion Bolden. “Now they will have their own place to practice. After lengthy negotiations, it is a pleasure to see the construction begin.”

Designed by Terrence O’Neal Architect LLC of New York City, the facility will be located at 42-48 Chestnut St. at Mulberry St., on the former site of the shuttered Chestnut Street School. The building, which will accommodate 65 students, will include a robotics practice and competition field, computer lab and machine shops.

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